Unlikely friendships movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant unlikely friendships movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, feel good, clever, realistic, humorous and interesting films and TV shows about / with unlikely friendships, storytelling, mentor, friendship, redemption, life philosophy, runaway, destiny, dialogue and friends plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as unlikely friendships: The Bucket List (2007), The Intouchables (2011), The King's Speech (2010), Ice Age (2002), The Intern (2015), Up (2009), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Due Date (2010), A Man Called Ove (2015).

List of unlikely friendships movies

 7.4
 226K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: sentimental, touching, inspirational, feel good, compassionate ...
Plot: elderly, journey, terminal illness, unlikely friendships, follow your dream, friendship, adventure, human spirit, golden years, death, dying, mechanic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: himalaya, usa, taj mahal, french riviera, mount everest ...
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The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, disability, lifestyle change, french, culture clash, friends, human relationship, blacks and whites, starting over, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, aristocracy, queen, king, disability, world war two, monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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 7.5
 430K
Ice Age (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. ...
Style: touching, humorous, not serious, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, date night, pre-teens
Plot: unlikely friendships, rescue, adventure, friendship, talking animals, caveman, family, life risking, ice, creature, bonding, animal life ...
Time: stone age, prehistoric times, prehistory, prehistoric
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 7.1
 211K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: feel good, inspirational, sweet, touching, light ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: workplace, unlikely friendships, mentor, workplace situations, elderly, fashion, family, intern, office, prejudice, golden years, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
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 8.2
 907K
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, exciting, sweet, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: family, adventure, loneliness, follow your dream, friendship, journey, unlikely friendships, dog, friends, wilderness, obsessive quest, dreams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, venezuela, mount everest
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, criminal heroes, hopes, plot twist, corruption ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, ...
Style: feel good, exciting, atmospheric, touching, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dragon, friendship, family, happy ending, adventure, imaginary, vikings, warrior, imaginary kingdom, training, unlikely friendships, journey ...
Place: scandinavia
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 6.5
 318K
Due Date (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Peter Highman must scramble across the US in five days to be present for the birth of his first child. He gets off to a bad start when his wallet and luggage are stolen, and put on the 'no-fly' list. Peter embarks on a terrifying journey ...
Style: humorous, feel good, road movie, funny, absurd ...
Plot: hitchhiker, unlikely friendships, road trip, getting home, slacker, childbirth, odd couple, stupidity, goofy hero, nothing goes right, weed, bonding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, louisiana, dallas texas, alabama ...
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A Man Called Ove (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Despite grumpy 59 year-old Ove being deposed as president of his condominium association, but he keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite Ove and she ...
Style: touching, compassionate, ironic, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: unlikely friendships, neighbor neighbor relationship, husband wife relationship, cancer, suicide thoughts, flashback, mentor, life & death, loneliness, lone hero, love, aging ...
Time: year 2014
Place: sweden, eastern europe, spain
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, bleak, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, athlete and trainer, underdog, female boxer, determination, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, mentor protege relationship, follow your dream, sport, boxer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, london, missouri ...
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 8.0
 622K
Ratatouille (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated ...
Style: feel good, inspirational, entertaining, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, chef, follow your dream, food, cooking, rat, mouse, cooking and food, rise to the top, young man, talking animals, odd couple ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During their travels from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally Will debate whether or not sex ruins a perfect relationship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.
Style: feel good, sentimental, sincere, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: male female friendship, friendship, unlikely friendships, love and romance, platonic, looking for love, unlikely couple, romance, friends, initially antagonists, up and down relationship, love story ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1977, year 1982 ...
Place: new york, usa
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 7.0
 234K
Rush Hour (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, exciting, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: reluctant partners, two man army, fbi, unlikely friendships, kung fu, police investigation, martial arts, fish out of water, ransom, chase, kidnapping, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1997
Place: los angeles, usa, hong kong, united states, california ...
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 6.7
 59K
Penelope (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her ...
Style: fairy tale, light, feel good, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, love and romance, witch, true love, pig, looking for love, disfigurement, loneliness, romance, magical, self discovery, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 19th century
Place: london
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, mentor, blind character, human nature, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, change of heart, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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As Good as It Gets (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sweet, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dog, writers, neighbor, age difference, opposites attract, single parent, friendship, unlikely friendships, waitress, looking for love, artist, romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, cuba
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, dramatic, serious, tragicomedy, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, freedom, insanity, nurse, anti heroes, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, society, oppression ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 8.1
 52K
Good Omens (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In 2019 the world is on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find ...
Style: witty, exciting, captivating, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: angel, demon, foe turned friend, armageddon, devil, prophecy, heaven and hell, end of the world, peril, fallen angel, supernatural, antichrist ...
Place: england, london, usa, africa
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 6.9
 39K
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, intense ...
Plot: female soldier, female protagonist, military, unlikely friendships, american abroad, friendship, introspection, prison life, military police, relationships, stereotypes, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, iraq, california
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 8.1
 160K
Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: sincere, touching, stylized, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, neighbor, letter, correspondence, asperger's syndrome, unlikely friendships, mental illness, young woman, jewish, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
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 8.0
 418K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, civil rights, interracial relations, storytelling, writers, racial issues, racial segregation, blacks and whites, discrimination ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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Monsters University (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Style: light, feel good, humorous, funny, intense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, university, college, teamwork, odd couple, monster, disney, student life, bully, fraternity, unlikely friendships, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
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 6.7
 13K
With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, college, law school, homeless, graduation, unlikely friendships, college student, self discovery, human nature, ambition, youth, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston, harvard university, new jersey
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 6.9
 356K
Madagascar (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends -- Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo -- have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, funny, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: friendship, talking animals, island, lion, jungle, rescue, adventure, escape, journey, wilderness, animal life, giraffe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, madagascar, antarctica, new york, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.3
 111K
Ghost World (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' ...
Style: sincere, stylized, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, graduation, blues, youth, unlikely friendships, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, indiana, los angeles
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, photographer, marriage, advertising, friendship, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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 7.7
 165K
Rushmore (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, coming of age, depression, mentor, friendship, teacher, high school, jealousy, student, unlikely friendships, adolescence, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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 7.4
 164K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenage boy, river, unlikely friendships, human relationship, unfulfillment, ex convict, drifter, lake or river, boat, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
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 6.0
 67K
Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, France, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, uplifting, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: human animal relationship, freedom, adventure, killer whale, social worker, friendship, captivity, animals, happy ending, animal training, rescue, animal life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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